WHAT IS GLAUCOMA?
Glaucoma is the term used to describe a group of eye diseases which damage the optic
nerve, the nerve that connects the eye to the brain. If left untreated glaucoma
can result in blindness.
In the more common forms of glaucoma there is increased pressure in the eye which
presses on the optic nerve and causes a gradual loss of peripheral vision.
Who is at Risk for Glaucoma?
High eye pressure alone does not mean that you have glaucoma, but it is an important risk factor your ophthalmologist will use to determine your risk for developing the disease.
The most important risk factors include: